Small boat with immense living space

Fountaine Pajot Lucia 40 REVIEW

Fountaine Pajot Lucia 40 is a small 40-foot catamaran, specifically designed for couples or small groups, that combines the basic amenities of bigger catamaran models into a tidy and neat package that can fit many budgets.

The Fountaine Pajot Lucia 40 was designed by Berret-Racoupeau which essentially compacted and transformed the appeal of a big yacht to a smaller version. And the upshot is a smooth craft that is profuse of ray and deck space minus the carton like or inelegantly lofty traits of a compressed boat. Some of the key features of the Lucia 40 include an optional foredeck lounge area, flush deck hatches, each cabin that comes with opening hatches in the sides of the hulls, a long settee at aft of the cockpit section, a separate shower and head only for the owner’s suits, and a new fitted trampoline that can fit right into the edges perfectly.

On Deck

At the onset, footholds and railings make boarding via the aft transom safer and more comfortable. The big cockpit is just a step away. At the portside, there is an L-shaped small dinette that can seat around eight people. Additional seats can be found near the transom and on the starboard saloon. This allows for accommodating even more people. The whole cockpit is sheltered by a compound open-front canvas top, which also acts as a dock point.

The rudder station is elevated and has an entree from the deck through the cockpit. A few steps preludes a coach roof from where you can easily get hold of the spar pole for easy tidying up of the mainsail when anchoring.

Layout Options

The Lucia 40 is available in four different layouts and comes in two basic versions that appeals to both commercial and private clients. If you’re looking for a spacious owner’s suite along with exclusive ensuite bathroom and two guest cabins with private bathrooms, then the Maestro version is the right choice for you. There is also an additional option for a shared bathroom on the guest side. If you’re looking for something as a charter operator or as a family, then the Quatuor version should perfectly suffice with its four double cabins and 4 heads.

Interior

Instead of a sofa, the cabin is equipped with additional lockers that provide excellent storage space. To ensure privacy, the toilet is contained in its own cubicle thereby allowing people to use it even if someone is currently staying or sleeping in the head. Inside the doorless booth is a large sink and liberally even shower. The shower and sink are usable even when the head is occupied. The sink is large and the shower is generously proportioned. Also, it is important to note that there is no door to separate the shower from the cabin.

The bow areas were condensed by repositioning the bulkheads onward thereby creating additional space for storage. Incidentally, this design primarily accounts for the much larger cabin space which is rather brilliant because it optimizes the use of space. Thus, saloon becomes perceptibly commodious considering the small size of the vessel. There are also the glass doors that open up and reveal immense socializing and cooking area on the same level as the cockpit. Around 6 people can be seated at the L-shaped settee that shares one seat with the navigation station.

The starboard contains Vitrifrigo fridge drawers and an L-shaped galley that is located on the port side. A counter-height oven and three burner Eno stove are also well fitted in. Above the sink is a sliding window to allow communication between people in the cockpit and helm. The two headlong-opening windows can be opened to let in natural light and wind for ventilation.

Under Power

The Fountaine Pajot Lucia 40 usually comes with a Twin 20hp Volvo Penta diesels situated in a capacious engine room that can provide decent access for regular maintenance works. There is also a battery shelf at port side. If you plan to charter this sailboat for a sailing vacation, it would be advisable to maintain an economical speed of 6 knots at 2,400 rpm in order to optimize the highest range of the yacht’s 80 gallons of fuel.

Conclusion

The Fountaine Pajot Lucia 40 is a ground-breaking catamaran sailboat for its relatively small size that featured an extraordinary big living space that incorporates a radiant saloon, plentiful cabins, extensive cockpit, and a refined sprawling space for guests who want to enjoy a quiet vacation in the waters. Despite its 40-foot size, it can contain up to four heads depending on layout. It also crows of having the biggest prime owner’s suite in its class. Carefully and attractively designed, this yacht is perfect to charter for a sailing vacation because it provides all contemporary conveniences you’ll need while cruising the seas as if you are at your land home.

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